The Tallentire Genealogy Page


Jacob Tallentire of Teesdale and Family

Jacob was born in 1856 at Hanging Shaw in Upper Teesdale and worked as a stonemason for the Raby Estates (Lord Barnard). He is pictured here with his wife Mary Ann Allinson (born 1863) and some of their 12 children, at their home in Langleydale, near Barnard Castle. Sons Isaac (front row, centre) and James (front row, left) emigrated to Saskatchewan, Canada, where their descendants still live to this day.


The Tallentire surname is believed to derive from the village of Tallentire near Cockermouth in Cumbria (formerly Cumberland), England.

One branch of the family still lives in Cumbria, but most present-day TALLENTIREs can trace their origins back to a separate branch of the family which settled in Upper Teesdale, County Durham, around 1715.

Most living TALLANTIREs and TALLONTIREs appear to be descended directly from the Cumbrian family. TALLANTYREs also originate from Cumbria, or from a branch which settled in Haltwhistle, Northumberland before 1700.

The TALLENTYRE variant, on the other hand, originates from Teesdale families or from a branch which settled in Ravensworth, North Yorkshire in the mid-1700s

The surname TALINTYRE is used only by the descendants of a family from Newcastle upon Tyne.

The TALLINTIREs of Glasgow can trace their origins back to Cumbria, but other TALLINTIRE families seem to originate from Durham City or Sunderland.

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Thomas Tallentire MM

Thomas was born 1889 in Burnopfield, County Durham, and he was decorated during the First World War, whilst serving with the Durham Light Infntry. He was sent into battle with the 14th Battalion DLI and won the Military Medal for bravery in the field at Cambrai in November 1917. Promoted to corporal and section commander, he was killed in action with his company from the 19th Battalion DLI ('The Bantams') during the German spring offensive in March 1918.